Language Placement Testing Times and Locations

Information for Fall 2016 Incoming Students

Online tests for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Latin, Spanish and Swahili should be taken prior to arrival on campus.  All other on-campus placement exams and interviews/validation of proficiency will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 3 p.m. 

 
Language Location Time Exam Format Notes
Arabic

1800 Sherman Ave., Suite 5400 (5th floor), office #5435

3 to 5pm

Online placement/oral interview

All students who took the online placement test will be contacted by placement coordinator Fadia Antabli via email to sign up for a time slot to take the oral validation exam.  Validation takes 15 minutes per student.  Students with any prior experience with the language (formal or informal) must go through the placement process.  The online placement exam should be taken before the validation session.

Chinese University Hall 122 3pm

Essay test/oral interview

Students with prior experience in Mandarin Chinese should have completed the online placement test (http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.edu) before this test. Please bring your own pencil.

Czech MMLC - Kresge Hall 3 to 5pm

Written test/oral interview

Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.

French University Hall 121 3 to 5pm

Written test/oral interview

The interview/validation test will take about 30 minutes total, and students can stop by anytime between 3 and 5 pm. However, please arrive no later than 4:30 pm in order to be done by 5 pm.

German Kresge 3-317 3 to 5pm

Written composition/oral interview

Students take the placement exam online over the summer and will be notified of their results via email. Students should attend this session if they have questions about which German class to take, or if they have been invited via e-mail to take a validation exam (written and oral).

Ancient Greek BY APPOITMENT ONLY

Written test/oral interview

Email Prof. Ryan Platte to schedule: ryan.platte@northwestern.edu

Hebrew Fisk 114 3 to 5pm

Email Prof. Eran Tzelgov: eran.tzelgov@northwestern.edu

Hindi-Urdu University Hall 418 3 to 5pm

Written test/oral interview

• Students who received a score of 5 or above on the Hindi or Urdu high-level IB exam, or who took the 10th or 12th grade Hindi or Urdu Board/Standardized Examination and scored 70% or above, should bring a copy of their IB exam or Standardized exam grade sheet and submit it to Dr. Rami Nair at the start of the placement/proficiency exam.

• The Hindi and Urdu placement/proficiency tests consists of both oral and written components. Both components will be tested on the same day. 

• Please see the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures website for more information on who should take the Hindi-Urdu placement exam: http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu/alc/undergraduate/first-year-focus.html

• Students should fill out the online questionnaire before they come to take the placement test at http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.edu/takeatest/index.html 

Italian Crowe 2-143 3 to 5pm Oral Interview

Please attend if you are interested in Italian and have questions about Italian courses or if you have taken the online placement test and need to complete it with an interview.

  

Japanese Kresge 2-524 3 to 5pm

Online and written exams

See Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures website for more information: http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu/alc/undergraduate/first-year-focus.html. Students can arrive as early as 2pm. 

Korean University Hall 101 3 to 5pm

Written test/oral interview

Please come 10 minutes early with your student ID and pen. Prior to come to the validation test that will take approximately 60 minutes, you should take the online test first.

Latin

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Email Prof. Francesca Tataranni to schedule: f-tataranni@northwestern.edu

Persian (Farsi)

1800 Sherman ave., Rm  #5436

3 to 5pm

Oral interview and reading

Interested students should email Prof.  Austin O'Malley at austin.omalley@northwestern.edu to sign up for an interview time. 

Polish MMLC - Kresge Hall 3 to 5pm

Written test/oral interview

Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.

Portuguese Crowe 3-130 3 to 5pm

Written test/oral interview

Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm.  The exam should take approximately 75 minutes.

Russian MMLC - Kresge 3 to 5pm

Online exam/ oral interview

Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm.  The exam should takeapproximately 90 minutes.

Spanish Harris L04 3 to 5pm

Written composition/ oral interview

The Spanish reassessment is only for students who earned "reassessment" on the placement exam. It will take about 30 minutes total, and students can stop by anytime between 3 to 5 pm. However, please arrive no later than 4:30 in order to be done by 5 pm.  There will be an additional reassessment held Monday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 2 pm in Parkes 223.

Swahili BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Written test/oral interview

To schedule please contact Michael Wairungu at michael.wairungu@northwestern.edu.

Turkish BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Oral interview

To schedule please contact Prof. Oya Topçuoğlu at oya.topçuoğlu@northwestern.edu.